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Tuesday, November 25, 2008

FHE: 2nd Annual Alphabet Blessings

Last year for Family Home Evening before Thanksgiving, we had an activity called Alphabet Blessings. It was a lot of fun and the kids enjoyed it so I decided to try it again.

Opening Song: Popcorn Popping on the Apricot Tree.

Opening Prayer: The Man.

Lesson: Since the kids were a little on the weepy side, I opted to skip the story that we read last year and instead we talked about what it means to be thankful. The Boy was getting very excited about it and even sang us the Alphabet Song (and did remarkably well!).

We started with the Man (because, as I found last year, when you're dividing the alphabet up in fourths, most of the tricky letters fall on whoever goes first). There were lots of similarities to last year's list but also some surprises. The letter D no longer stood for "diapers" (since no one around here wears them any more) and was now replaced with "drums." Da Boo was a little disappointed when her father declined her suggestion of "rainbows" for the letter R and chose "Rock Band" instead. Same story with the letter U no longer belonging to "unicorns" but my computer genius of a husband naming "Unix."

Funniest moment came when the Boy was asked to name a blessing for the letter X. Without hesitation or prompting, he shouted out "Xbox!"

The Man: And what do we do with the Xbox?
The Boy: Play Rock Band!

Boys...And really, Rock Band is the only game we play on the Xbox. Mostly, we play on the Wii.

Closing Song: Twinkle Little Star (because it just wouldn't be FHE without it).

Closing Prayer: The Man again, to avoid any arguments.

Treats: Root beer floats. Despite the chilly weather, da Boo was set on having ice cream.

**Thanks to everyone that left comments, emailed or called. I really, really appreciate your concern (and plates of cookies). Baby is doing well, just not liking all the squeezing going on since these contraction-thingers took over. And the Man made me promise not to do any more cakes for at least a month. *sigh* I like cake.


Kristina P. said...

Can I come to your house for FHE?

Bonnie the Boss said...

So cute, and how great is it that they are thankful for those things.

Jo said...

I would be sad if Twinkle was left out. It just wouldn't be a real FHE post from you without it.

Nat said...

I love the things your family is thankful for! We had a thankful FHE too. I was surprised at what some of my kids were thankful for. Alligators? Really?!

I just read about your trip to the Emergency Room. I am sorry you're having stress and contractions. I'm glad you are both okay! Let me know if you want me to FedEx you a casserole or something! Take it easy!

Brooke said...

That is such a cute FHE idea. I love it. Very happy to hear you and baby are still doing well. Last night we realized you guys won't be at the Christmas party (but doing much more important things)...why are even going?

Jessica G. said...

Brooke - ever since our ward switched the date of their party, I realized I won't be going to *any* Christmas parties this year! I'm kinda bummer about it because I love getting dressed up...I guess we'll just have to have our own party in the hospital!

Jessica G. said...

and Kristina, you are more than welcome to join us for the next FHE, which will consist of me sitting on the couch while the kids watch my belly jump and contort as the baby kicks. Bring plenty of chacon!

Kimbooly said...

Ooh, I like your FHE idea, I think we'll do it. And our four year old loves to sing twinkle twinkle for one of our songs.

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